Alexandria Rises from Awareness to Action During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Vola Lawson Memorial Fund finds new supporters as all city sectors rally to increase mammogram cancer prevention services for low-income women

Alexandria’s ongoing support for breast cancer prevention will reach new heights this October when representatives of the business, faith, medical, historic and government sectors of the city join forces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Multiple activities are planned to benefit the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund, which provides cancer prevention education and free mammograms for low-income women. Highlights include:

Couture for a Cure – Thursday, October 4, 7-9 p.m., Springfield Town Center at Springfield Mall

Join breast cancer survivors, their family members, physicians and advocates as they rip the runway in a fun-filled Fashion Show event. FREE ADMISSION.

Sponsored by the Association of Alexandria Radiologists, PC www.alexandriaradiology.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk – Saturday, October 13, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Oakland Baptist Church, 3408 King Street, Alexandria 22302

Share fellowship and light refreshments at 8, walk starts at 9:00 a.m. $10.00 Donation

Sponsored by the historic Oakland Baptist Church, contact Nechelle Terrell (571) 426-0569

Los Tios Restaurant Night – Tuesday, October 16, 2615 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray

Enjoy dinner out (on your own budget) and benefit the Vola Lawson Fund at the same time. A percentage of the night’s profits will go to the Fund. SALUD! (To your health!)

Contact Anuja Miner anujam43@gmail.com

Del Ray Farmers’ Market – Saturday, October 13 and October 20, Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts! 2311 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria 22301

Wear and share your awareness. T-shirts on sale.

Sponsored by the Alexandria Friends of the Commission for Women, contact Jacinta Greene greenejacinta@gmail.com

Yates’ Give Your 2 Cents Program – throughout the month of October, Yates Automotive, 317 E. Braddock Road, Alexandria 22301

Contact Heidi Hess, hhess@yatesservice.com

Mammogram Screening – throughout the month of October and ongoing, with a referral from Neighborhood Health, 2 East Glebe Road, Alexandria 22305

Free (for women who meet the income criteria), call (703) 535-5568 to schedule an appointment for a referral

The Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund continues the mission begun by its namesake in 1994 with The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The Fund provides free mammograms and other diagnostic screenings for low-income women. The Fund was started in 2014 to memorialize the former Alexandria City Manager, who died in 2013.